— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 10, 2017
On Friday newly appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attempted to enter a Washington D.C. public neighborhood elementary school. Protesters turned her away.
Some, like American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, accused protesters of using violence.
But that wasn’t so. It was a peaceful protest.
Weingarten went to Twitter.
Just heard a protester blocked & almost knocked Secy @BetsyDeVos down at Jefferson.We don’t condone such acts.We want her to go to pub schls
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) February 10, 2017
News video of the protest doesn’t provide support for Weingarten’s claim about what she “heard.”
Weingarten posted on my Facebook feed:
As a result of the accusation of violence, Bilal Ahmed Askaryar of Washington was arrested and faces charges of misdemeanor assault and failing to obey an officer.
Askaryar came to the United States as a 5-year-old refugee from Afghanistan.
Who is Bilal Ahmed Askaryar?
NPR broadcast a story by Askaryar following Trump’s EO banning Muslims form the United States.
On Friday, an executive order was released that indicated the United States is banning the entry of Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending immigration for anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. To me, this policy looks to be based on nothing but prejudice against Muslims.
This has happened before. In 1939, the United States refused entry to another group of refugees: Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.
Refugees are by definition the most vulnerable people among us. Families don’t choose to sacrifice everything they have and leave their homes unless their homes become like the mouth of a shark. Scapegoating people who are fleeing for their lives is an inhumanity that no person with a heart should be able to defend.